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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
Last Seen
Sept. 3
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field and leading the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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Double Dummy Day
We showed Double Dummy at the University of Stirling in Scotland and got 120 attendees. We were lucky enough to have a Q&A with John afterwards as he flew up from England to be there. As a result of the screening a new University Bridge Club was set up ...
Crunch Time
We could also all ask them directly why they are there. It doesn't have to be aggressive, just everyone calmly asking them what they are doing there every time anyone sees them. That would also get quite tedious for them "I just don't understand why you have come ...
Crunch Time
Having said that, if something goes horribly wrong and one of them does have the cheek, audacity and stupidity to turn up, then solidarity regarding not playing them seems the best option.
Crunch Time
I would rather the EBL tried something now to make a stand as Bridge players all know what they did. If taken to court again, I'd be willing to pay higher entry fees in future to help with their court costs knowing that they had fought for our rights ...
Crunch Time
Can't the EBL be lobbied now to not let them play? Surely they don't have to accept their application to enter? Their NBO can also obstruct their entry. Could lots of us write to the EBL now to try to avoid a non event with large costs (and ...
Keep Bridge Alive in the USA
Thanks so much for all the Keep Bridge Alive donations so far. We're still keen to get the global number of supporters to over 400 so please do join the campaign - every dollar counts! We're also looking for players and organisations/clubs from more countries to get involved ...
Keep Bridge Alive in the USA
In case people are curious about my motivations - I'm just keen to combine my skills as a sociologist with my passion for bridge. My intention is that by conducting and publishing research on bridge , we will then translate the findings into accessible resources and practical follow-on projects which will ...
Keep Bridge Alive in the USA
Other posts do detail this - a survey with 7000 bridge players of all skill levels using the same questions as 10,000 non Bridge players and 52 in depth interviews on average two hours in length with top US, UK and some European players. I'm in Memphis trying to ...
Keep Bridge Alive in the USA
I have already carried out the fieldwork for two studies. For one project a large part of the analysis has been completed and for the other study preliminary analysis indicates that this is what the data will be able to demonstrate. Much work has already been done which is why ...
Keep Bridge Alive Solutions
Here is helpful. The crowdfund page will be temporary just for the fundraising campaign.

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